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Farming

Milking it in China

Fonterra Theo Spierings Fonterra planning a $342m dairy hub in China as part of a new strategic alliance with a US pharmaceuticals giant.

Stink over cattle compost

smell A business has had to stop taking cattle heads and ears for composting.

Cows the moojority

dairy cow Waimakariri residents are outnumbered by dairy cows - but they haven't won yet, say experts.

Sheep 'abuse' prompts inquiry

Sheep Wool producers are "shocked and appalled" by graphic footage allegedly showing Australian shearers beating, kicking and stomping on sheep.

Embryo transplant success

A new bull calf from Canadian stock, born only a few hours before. New genetics from Canada of milking shorthorns through embryo transfer are in a Manawatu calf shed.

Opinion poll

Are farmers right in demanding heavier penalties for those caught rustling?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: Farmers demand beefing up of rustling laws

The small few affecting all

A file photo of dirty dairying. A small minority of dairy farmers who did not take a responsible view on caring for the environment are holding the rest of the industry back.

Ignored roads need funds

The state of rural roads is in dire need of attention and could well be a political football leading into the elections.

Greens' farming fears

Carbon tax 'udderly useless'

A brave new world

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Upbeat over tech future

When Nick and Anita Jurgens talk about their farming future, son Zander is at the forefront of their thoughts.

Tailor made forecasting

Invention sold out in days

Sculpture's timely entry

A farmer's history as a hoarder proves a useful talent in visual arts.

Top friesian is approaching 13

Holstein Friesian cow Levin farmers have won the 2014 Valden Cow of the Year.

Cows the moojority

Waimakariri residents are outnumbered by dairy cows - but they haven't won yet, say experts.

They found their mojo

Secrets of success

Milking it in China

Fonterra planning a $342m dairy hub in China as part of a new strategic alliance with a US pharmaceuticals giant.

Beet great news for beef

Fodder beet A Lincoln University academic says use of a fodder beet crop is great news for beef cattle farmers.

A lot of bull set for Waikato

It's a record-priced bovine that is, in the words of its purchaser, "the complete bull".

Limousin takes top honours

Little-known breed attracts fans

Embryo transplant success

New genetics from Canada of milking shorthorns through embryo transfer are in a Manawatu calf shed.

Shepherd to take on world's best

Sheep A Te Kuiti farmer will travel to France to represent New Zealand in the World Young Shepherds Challenge.

Sheep massacres linked?

Police issue warning to farmers after two sheep mass killings involving firearms. | Vet charged over pet sheep's treatment

Sheep name suppression in vet case

Vigilance urged as more sheep killed

Sheep 'abuse' prompts inquiry

Wool producers are "shocked and appalled" by graphic footage allegedly showing Australian shearers beating, kicking and stomping on sheep.

Soil mapping tech steps forward

Smart Ag Solutions general manager Seaun Lovell Four cropping farmers were so smitten with the precision of a soil sampling machine that they brought it back with them from the US.

Grower lauds 'wonder fuel'

Sugar beet touted as the new wonder fuel by grower who is now harvesting sugar beet for the dairy market.

Apple exporter seeks new money

Funds boost for NZ avocados

Maize options highlighted

Maize silage is the cheapest option for dairy farmers to add extra feed to cows, a supplier says.

Kiwifruit talent ripe for picking: growers

Kiwifruit Zespri is introducing a graduate recruitment programme to bring in new industry leaders.

High-country plan deferred again

A decision to high-country development to become a permitted activity is likely to be deferred to October.

Food tech milestone

Marine farm to go ahead

Stink over cattle compost

A business has had to stop taking cattle heads and ears for composting.

Drought planning pays off

Drought Accepting the financial pain that comes with a drought makes decision-making easier during a stressful time.

Invaluable, but danger lurks

That trusty quad should command respect from its users if it is to be operated safely.

Keep watch on running costs

Wage change eases pain

Cows like to be cool, too

AgResearch scientist urges farmers to take note of what animals are telling them.